The Itsekiri in the nineteenth century; an outline social history

  title={The Itsekiri in the nineteenth century; an outline social history},
  author={Peter Cutt Lloyd},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={207 - 231}
  • P. Lloyd
  • Published 1 July 1963
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
In 1800 the Itsekiri kingdom of Warri in the north-western corner of the Niger delta had a highly centralized government. In 1848, the king died, followed shortly by his two principal heirs, and a state of anarchy developed in which order was maintained largely through the balance held between the two largest descent groups or ‘Houses’. The latter part of the century saw the rise, and defeat by the British of Nana Olomu, possibly the greatest of the delta traders, whose power over the Itsekiri… 
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